The Madras High Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition which complained about many cinema theatres preventing the audience from bringing their own food and encouraged the purchase of snacks only from in-house canteens.
A division bench, comprising Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad, said a movie hall is a private property and the court cannot direct the authorities to consider this representation.
The bench dismissed the PIL on the ground that the petitioner S. Tamizhventhan had failed to establish a legal right permitting common people to carry food items inside private properties without the consent of the owners.
The petitioner, referring to the exorbitant ticket fee charged by the cinema owners, said not even water bottles, bread and biscuits, hot water for children and snacks for diabetics were permitted.
Also, he said there was no law prohibiting carrying food and other eatables into the movie halls. The petitioner said prohibiting the entry of even drinking water and food for children into the theatres violates the Right To Life, guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution of India.
Well, it looks like movie-goers will have to wait for some more time till they are allowed to carry eatables inside the theatres.